Rams vs. Ravens Livestream: How to Watch NFL Week 14 Online Today
Want to watch the Los Angeles Rams play the Baltimore Ravens? Here's everything you need to stream Sunday's game.
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The Rams won again last Sunday, boosting their win streak to three as they continue to fight for a playoff spot. In Week 14, the Rams will head to Baltimore to take on the 9-3 Ravens. Baltimore enters this week as the top team in the AFC North following a Week 13 bye.
Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) on Fox. We'll show you how you can watch, even if the game isn't available on your local Fox channel.
Week 14 of the NFL season sees the Ravens host the Rams at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) Sunday. The game will take place at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, home of the Ravens.
How to watch the Rams vs. Ravens game from anywhere using a VPN
If you're unable to view the game locally due to incorrectly applied blackout restrictions, you may need a different way to watch. That's where a VPN can come in handy. A VPN is also the best way to stop your ISP from throttling your speeds on game day by encrypting your traffic, and it's a great idea for when you're traveling and want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and log-ins while connected to a Wi-Fi network.
With a VPN, you can virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to the game. If your internet provider or mobile carrier has assigned an IP address that incorrectly places you in a blackout zone, a VPN can solve for that by giving you an IP address in your correct, non-blackout area. Most VPNs -- like our Editors' Choice, ExpressVPN -- make it really easy to do this.
Using a VPN to watch or stream sports is legal in any country where VPNs are legal, including the US and Canada, as long as you've got a legitimate subscription to the service you're streaming. You should be sure your VPN is set up correctly to prevent leaks: Even where VPNs are legal, the streaming service may terminate the account of anyone it suspects of circumventing correctly applied blackout restrictions.
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This week's Rams-Ravens game is on Fox, so in addition to a VPN set to an area carrying the game (see our tips below), you'll need a live TV streaming service that carries a local Fox affiliate broadcasting the game. The least expensive service is Sling TV Blue.
Sling TV's Blue plan includes NBC, Fox and the NFL Network, although it does not have CBS, ABC or ESPN. Enter your address here to see which local channels are available where you live. NFL RedZone is also available for an extra $11 a month.
To get ABC and ESPN, you'll need to switch to the similarly priced Orange plan (which drops Fox, NBC and the NFL Network) or go for the combined $60-a-month Orange and Blue bundle that includes channels from both packages. With the combined plan, the Sports Extra add-on (which has RedZone) is an extra $15 a month.
One important caveat: In our experience, Fox local affiliates will only be available if your billing address is in one of the 18 metropolitan areas covered in Sling's agreement. If you're outside of one of these areas, you're probably better off going with one of the alternate services listed below.
Numerous other live TV streaming services carry local Fox stations as well, including YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, DirecTV Stream and Fubo. They all cost more than Sling TV, but they also carry more channels, including football-broadcasting channels such as ESPN. Check out our live TV streaming services guide for details.
If you live in an area where the game is being broadcast, an over-the-air antenna connected to your TV provides another option for Fox. The best part about antennas is that they're fee-free, although you will need to make sure you have good reception.
Quick tips for streaming Rams vs. Ravens using a VPN
With four variables at play -- your ISP, browser, video streaming provider and VPN -- your experience may vary.
Sling Blue is only an option if and when the ability to get Fox local affiliates is active on your account. You may want to verify that your billing address is eligible for that option before forking over your credit card.
If you don't see your desired location as a default option for ExpressVPN, try using the "search for city or country" option.
If you're having trouble getting the game after you've turned on your VPN and set it to the correct viewing area, there are two things you can try for a quick fix. First, log into your streaming service subscription account and make sure the address registered for the account is an address in the correct viewing area. If not, you may need to change the physical address on file with your account. Second, some smart TVs including Roku don't have VPN apps you can install directly on the device itself. Instead, you'll have to install the VPN on your router or the mobile hotspot you're using (like your phone) so that any device on its Wi-Fi network now appears in the correct viewing location.
All of the VPN providers we recommend have helpful instructions on their main site for quickly installing the VPN on your router. In some cases with smart TV services, after you install a cable network's sports app, you'll be asked to verify a numeric code or click a link sent to the email address on file for your smart TV. This is where having a VPN on your router will also help since both devices will appear to be in the correct location.
Remember, browsers can often give away a location despite using a VPN, so be sure you're using a privacy-first browser to log into your services. We recommend Brave.